You can pick up Shanghai classic Yongjiu (Forever) bikes in lots of places, but you get a wider selection of models in the converted factory that used to make them. Founded in 1940, the Yongjiu brand swiftly became a Shanghai staple, though today the company focuses more on modern bikes such as fold-ups (160RMB) or mountain bikes (318RMB for men’s; 308RMB for women’s).
But it’s difficult not to lust after the retro version’s sturdy steel 26- or 28-inch frame, rodoperated brakes and brown-leather spring saddle. They have the classic black (458RMB) with tan leather saddle, curved metal handlebar and bell. But the retro model also comes in royal blue, burgundy (both 398RMB) and pillar-box red (458RMB), and each carries a tag with the date it was made – so even if it looks like it belongs in 1955, you can see it was made in February.